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Thursday, 20 November 2014

"I Don't Think We're In Moloch Falls Anymore..."

Issue#75: "I Don't Think We're In Moloch Falls Anymore..." 

Barnaby hits his head and wakes up in the world of Oz...

Notes and References: 

This is the third dream sequence of Barnaby Banks after issue#11: "A Nightmare in Moloch Falls" and the Zombie Storyline that ran from issue#68-#72.

This issue is based on The Wizard of Oz, An American novel written by L. Frank Baum and famously made into a film in 1939 directed by Victor Fleming and starring Judy Garland. The novel and the film tell the story of Dorothy Gale who wakes up in the magical land of Oz after a powerful tornado hits Kansas. While in Oz, Dorothy meets and befriends a Scarecrow without a brain, A Tin-Man without a heart and a Lion lacking Courage. Together they travel to meet The Wizard of Oz but end up making an enemy of the Wicked Witch of the West who is out for revenge after the accidental murder of her sister, The Wicked Witch of the East.

Barnaby is shocked that he is dressed as Dorothy. Beauregarde plays the part of the dog Toto. Loaker is the Scarecrow due to concerns over his mental state, Kathy is the Tin-Man due to her previous stories involving romance and being in love. Feigenbaum plays the part of the Cowardly Lion. Feigenbaum continues to slip into Barnaby's dreams. The fact that he is a lion seeking courage relates to Barnaby building up the courage to accept that the pooka may actually exist.

Bancroft continues to be left out.

The cricket ball that knocked Barnaby out was thrown by Aldbug Lobings.

This issue is heavily influenced by the 1939 movie especially with the designs of the characters. It also mirrors the start and end of the film which is filmed in sepia/ black and white tones while the main part of the film is full of colour.

The title of this strip comes from "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Toto..." which is a misquote from the movie. The actual line is "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore..."

Thursday, 13 November 2014

"Barnabazee, The Great and Powerful"

Issue#74: "Barnabazee, The Great and Powerful"

Barnaby puts on a magic show for his friends...

Notes and References:

The title of this issue is a reference to 2013 fantasy film "Oz the Great and Powerful" starring James Franco and directed by Sam Raimi. The film serves as a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) and it details the origins of The Wizard of Oz.

This is the first time that Barnaby has appeared as his magician alias Barnabazee.

Bancroft, Loaker and Kathy Dudbert appear as the reluctant audience for Barnaby's magic show.

The rabbit in the hat trick (Known simply as "Hat-Trick") was first performed by Louis Comte in 1814. However it was made more famous by John Henry Anderson. The trick works by placing the specially tailored hat on a table with a secret hatch with allows the rabbit to appear in the apparently empty hat after placing said hat on the table.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

"The Family Feigenbaum"

Issue#73: "The Family Feigenbaum"

Marlo Feigenbaum comes to collect his son Zero...

Notes and References:

This is the first appearance of Marlo Feigenbaum, older brother of Feigenbaum and father of Zero. The character was previously mentioned in issue#60: "The Pooka's Nephew". Marlo looks very similar to Feigenbaum but with stubble, a blue M on his chest and he wears a fedora style hat. He is also meant to be a little more manly looking than Feigenbaum.

This issue marks the fifth appearance of Zero who last appeared in issue#63: "Zugzwang by Zero".

This is the first time that three pooka characters have appeared in the one issue. Marlo is the fifth Pooka to appear in the strip. Feigenbaum, Libchaber, Zero and The Other have all appeared before this issue.

Marlo makes a scathing comment about the amount of people with who Feigenbaum "allows" himself to be seen by. Those people include- Loaker Banks, Emily Hair, Beauregarde, Bartleby Banks and Barnaby Banks (occasionally) among others.
Feigenbaum mentions his childhood and growing up with Marlo. Feigenbaum's turbulent relationship with his father is also hinted at.

Feigenbaum's first name Fasil is once again mentioned by both Zero and his father Marlo. 

Beauregarde notes that he has twelve brothers and he has a strong dislike for all of them.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

"Here Lies Barnaby Banks"

Issue#72: "Here Lies Barnaby Banks"

Barnaby and Loaker do a "Dallas"...

 Notes and References:

This is the seventh issue to feature zombies. It is also the concluding part of the zombie storyline.

In this issue it is revealed that Barnaby has been having a terrible nightmare and that all of the previous zombie issues were in fact part of this nightmare. The nightmare is said to have begun after Barnaby watched some zombie horror films in issue#67: "Moloch Movies" with Bancroft at the cinema.

The fact that Feigenbaum appears in some of Barnaby's nightmare would indicate that Barnaby may be aware of the Pooka OR perhaps Feigenbaum was once again in one of Barnaby's nightmares.

The tagline in this issue is "Barnaby and Loaker do a "Dallas"..." is a reference to the famous television series Dallas and it's ninth season which was all part of a dream sequence.

While the zombie storyline may be seen to have been a nightmare it may also exist in it's own alternative universe and it may be revisited (In a similar fashion to the evil universe). This should satisfy fans of the zombies as they may feature in the strip again at some point.

Zombie Kathy Dudbert manages to bite Barnaby much like how she managed to sneak up and bite Loaker in issue#69: "Night of the Living Loaker".

Mr. Alighieri has officially featured more as a zombie than he has done as a human being having only appeared twice before the Zombie storyline.

Barnaby's mum is once again heard in this issue by asking if he is okay once he has woken up screaming.

The pyjamas that Barnaby is wearing are Rooster Thompson PJs. He has worn these before in issue#11: "A Nightmare in Moloch Falls" which also featured one of Barnaby's nightmares.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

"Barnaby and the Army of Darkness" Zombie Sunday Special

Zombie Sunday Special Issue: "Barnaby and the Army of Darkness"

Barnaby goes to war....  

Notes and References:

The title of this strip is a reference to "Army of Darkness", A 1992 American dark Fantasy comedy directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell. It is the third film in the Evil Dead film series. The film deals with the main character Ash being pulled through a time portal to 1300 AD where he must once again battle the undead.

The header of this issue is a reference to the "Army of Darkness" film poster and it has Barnaby sporting Ash's now trademark chainsaw.

Some time appears to have passed between this special issue and the main Thursday strips as Barnaby now has weapons and is prepared to fight his way out of Moloch Falls. This change in attitude comes from beheading his brother in the last Sunday Special Issue: "Barnaby VS Loaker".

The zombies featured in this issue are- Emily Hair, Mr. Alighieri, Bancroft. Kathy Dudbert, Aldbug Lobings, Cecil Lobings and Beauregarde along with several other former residents of Moloch Falls.

The Zombies are eating a horse in this issue, This is a reference to episode one "Days Gone Bye" of the AMC zombie series "The Walking Dead" when a horse is devoured by Walkers.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

"The Head of Loaker Banks"

Issue#71: "The Head of Loaker Banks"

Zombie Feigenbaum finds what remains of Zombie Loaker...

Notes and References:

This is the fourth main issue of the zombie storyline along with one zombie sunday special.

This issue was originally entitled "The Headless Loaker" but seeing as it's about the head and not the beheaded body of Loaker, It didn't really make much sense.

The issue also confirms that even beheaded zombies can still survive in some form. It also follows on from last week's Sunday Special Issue.

This issue shows that the friendship between Loaker and Feigenbaum still exists even if they are both undead.

The quote spoke by zombie Feigenbaum in the title is from Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet", Specifically Act Five Scene One. The correct quote goes-

"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen? Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come; make her laugh at that."

The quote refers to Hamlet finding the body of his friend the jester Yorick. He comments on how he once thought of Yorick as amusing and entertaining but is now met with a sad revulsion at the sight of his decomposing body. The overall act deals with the fragility of life which fits well with the zombie strips.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

"Barnaby VS Loaker" Zombie Sunday Special

Zombie Sunday Special: "Barnaby VS Loaker"

Barnaby must fight off his zombified brother Loaker....  

Notes and References:

The title of this strip is a play on the comic's main title "Barnaby and Loaker".

This story was originally meant to happen before the zombie storyline took place. Barnaby and Loaker were meant to be fighting at home and eventually split up by their parents. The story was adapted into the zombie storyline to show how far both the characters have gone since the zombie outbreak.

This is the first official appearance of Zombie Loaker, However he did appear in the header of issue#69: "Night of the Living Loaker".

Barnaby manages to knock Loaker's head clean off with a baseball bat. However Zombie Loaker still appears to be "alive" somehow afterwards.

Barnaby walks off distraught and mortified by his actions and the state of Moloch Falls.